CHALLENGING WET START TO THE 2009 CALGARY WATERSKI WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PREDATOR BAY WSC IN ALBERTA CANADA
The past 24 hours here in Calgary have reminded us all that we are indeed involved in an outdoor sport ! Once the official Practice time ended on Monday evening in reasonably good weather conditions, all were settling in to the prospect of a warm week ahead. The site is magnificent, the organization is first class and the entertainment for the athletes and officials last night at Calgary’s Lynnwood Ranch set a very friendly tone. Seeing our Skiers in Cowboy hats and enjoying the Square Dance routines certainly helped to settle the nerves.
This morning we awoke to black clouds, 12C temperatures and the likelihood of a very wet day. In fact, the rain has continued from dawn and shows little signs of moving elsewhere in the near future. So, it was a case of putting on the wet gear and seeing what Chief Judge Dimos Alexopoulos GRE could do with the programme for the day ahead. As it turned out, we saw some excellent Slalom and Tricks performances – but our Jumpers will have to wait for an altered Programme. Some have used this downtime to drive to other lakes to get some practice, hoping for better weather to return to the Calgary area soon. With two lakes here at the World Championships Predator Bay Club site, the options for catching up as the week progresses are still good.
So far, our World Cup Stars have not yet been on the water. Their time will come as we reach the lower Series later this week. The heavy rain all day today made some Jumpers drive away from the rain zone to get some last minute practice in before they kick off. Watch out for Ryan Dodd CAN, our Dubna Russia World Cup Jump Champion in your rear view mirror if you are driving in the Calgary area ! However, they did enjoy the warm up at the Lynnwood Ranch last night – see if you can recognise any of these Cowboys !
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